QUOTEoftheDay

Monday
Sep262011

Ayn Rand

 

Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?
The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.
The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.
Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
Sunday
Sep252011

Bob Dylan

If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

You don't need a weather man

To know which way the wind blows

 

People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around — the music and the ideas.

How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail before she sleeps in the sand?

Well I tried my best to be just like I am, but everybody wants you to be just like them.

All I really want to do is, baby, be friends with you.

How does it feel? To be on your own, with no direction home, like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone?

Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse. When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose. You're invisible now. You've got no secrets to conceal.

Johnny's in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I'm on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in the trenchcoat
Badge out, laid off
Says he's got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid It's somethin' you did
God knows when But you're doin' it again

 

 

Saturday
Sep242011

Nikola Tesla

The spread of civilisation may be likened to a fire; first, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power.

This planet, with all its appalling immensity, is to electric currents virtually no more than a small metal ball.

Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them.

A thousand secrets of nature which I might have stumbled upon accidentally, I would have given for that one which I had wrested from her against all odds and at the peril of my existence …

Our senses enable us to perceive only a minute portion of the outside world.

Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.

Friday
Sep232011

Robert Mapplethorpe

I became the toast of London. A lot of people I met came from these really decadent families where the married men were gay and no one thought anything about it.

I am obsessed with beauty. I want everything to be perfect, and of course it isn't. And that's a tough place to be because you're never satisfied.

I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence.

If I am at a party, I want to be at the party. Too many photographers use the camera to avoid participating in things. They become professional observers.

When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I'm human. It's the same thing when I'm behind a camera. I forget I exist.

People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore. The money is in photography.

Thursday
Sep222011

Jules Verne

We cannot prevent equilibrium from producing its effects. We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.

Man is never perfect, nor contented.

Before all masters, necessity is the one most listened to, and who teaches the best.

I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.

Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.

The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.

Nothing can astound an American. It has often been asserted that the word "impossible" is not a French one. People have evidently been deceived by the dictionary. In America, all is easy, all is simple; and as for mechanical difficulties, they are overcome before they arise. Between Barbicane's proposition and its realization no true Yankee would have allowed even the semblance of a difficulty to be possible. A thing with them is no sooner said than done. (Ha! Ha! Ha!--From the Earth to the Moon, 1865)

 

Wednesday
Sep212011

Cormac McCarthy

He imagined the pain of the world to be like some formless parasitic being seeking out the warmth of human souls wherein to incubate and he thought he knew what made one liable to its visitations. What he had not known was that it was mindless and so had no way to know the limits of those souls and what he feared was that there might be no limits.

He thought the world's heart beat at some terrible cost and that the world's pain and its beauty moved in a relationship of diverging equity and that in this headlong deficit the blood of multitudes might ultimately be exacted for the vision of a single flower.

You think when you wake up in the mornin yesterday don't count. But yesterday is all that does count. What else is there? Your life is made out of the days it's made out of. Nothin else.

You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.

Even if what you're working on doesn't go anywhere, it will help you with the next thing you're doing. Make yourself available for something to happen. Give it a shot.

 

Tuesday
Sep202011

Winston Churchill

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

History is written by the victors.

I am easily satisfied with the very best.

I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.


Monday
Sep192011

Lucretius

Life is one long struggle in the dark.

Such are the heights of wickedness to which men are driven by religion.

Thus the sum of things is ever being reviewed, and mortals dependent one upon another. Some nations increase, others diminish, and in a short space the generations of living creatures are changed and like runners pass on the torch of life.

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.

 

What is food to one man is bitter poison to others.

The first beginnings of things cannot be distinguished by the eye.

But if one should guide his life by true principles, man's greatest wealth is to live on a little with contented mind; for a little is never lacking.

 


Sunday
Sep182011

Miles Davis

A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I'm still doing it.

For me, music and life are all about style.

Don't play what's there, play what's not there.

I'm always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning... Every day I find something creative to do with my life.

It's always been a gift with me, hearing music the way I do. I don't know where it comes from, it's just there and I don't question it.

The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.

Saturday
Sep172011

Harold Pinter

When true silence falls we are left with echo but are nearer nakedness. One way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.

There can be no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.

When we look into a mirror we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections.

I think it is the responsibility of a citizen of any country to say what he thinks.

It was difficult being a conscientious objector in the 1940's, but I felt I had to stick to my guns.

While The United States is the most powerful nation the world has ever seen, it is also the most detested nation that the world has ever known.